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Tarot Card of the Week, March 8-14, 2021: Two of Swords

Beth Owl's Daughter Two of Swords

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Carl Jung

This week, we receive a visitor that last turned up precisely one year ago, in the week before Spring Equinox. Should we gladly welcome the Two of Swords? Or not? Maybe yes? Maybe no? How to decide?

The twos are usually about choices, and the Swords in the Tarot are ruled by the element of Air, which is concerned with the mind, intellect, attitude, and communication.

This is another of artist Pamela Colman Smith’s “stage” cards in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, in which it appears that the figure is on an artificial platform, and behind her, the scene is a theatrical backdrop.

The woman might slowly be arriving at a decision, but for the moment, it appears to be a stalemate. Although her position is stable, the swords she holds are enormous, and certainly she won’t be able to maintain that pose for very long.

She has often been compared to the Justice card. But unlike the W-S version of Justice, the woman in the Two of Swords is blindfolded, unable to see. And she does not hold the scales of balanced evaluation.

Instead, her arms are crossed defensively in front of her heart, cutting off her feelings, allowing nothing to come in or go out.

This is a card that often comes up when we feel we must block our emotions. It may also appear when we feel stuck and indecisive. We may vacillate between choice A and choice B, when what we really want is “None of the above.”

What does your inner vision show you?

The New Moon

Our coming week will be mostly spent in the balsamic, darkening Moon phase, so it’s a perfect opportunity to let go, clear, and release that which no longer serves. The great upsurge of life’s renewal at Ostara is coming next week (in the Northern Hemisphere), so cleansing, decluttering, and making space as the Moon fades would serve you especially well at this time.

Brilliant friend and cosmic navigator, Elisabeth Grace, explains:

During this balsamic phase — a.k.a. “dead” Moon, wrap up old projects and don’t fuss over any feelings of listlessness or restlessness that often accompany this minor “end time.” A Pisces Moon and Sun elevates sensitivity for the next few days; try to keep it real — not surreal — which may be challenging under Neptune’s influence…

SATURDAY: New Moon in Pisces kicks in at 5:21 AM ET. At 23 Pisces, it activates the horoscope (off the top of my head) of VP Kamala Harris and also the December 14th solar eclipse…

She tells us that the Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “tiny inhabited island,” of which Sabian Symbol specialist Blain Bovee says:

Leaving the rush of the civilized world to re-start with a few other like-minded people on a remote island is not just a common dream. Many have done just that, whether to a farm commune, a mountain hide-away or wilderness retreat.

The elements of life are suddenly stripped of inessentials. The necessities of life command and permit the opportunity to start over on how everything is done.

There are scarcely any cards in the Tarot with fewer inessentials.

A place to sit. A simple gown, slippers, and a blindfold. The small crescent Moon and the sea, which may only be a painted backdrop. And two swords. So if you were starting over, what would you change?

The wise Lorna Bevan offers further astrological insight for this coming week, too, writing:

Switch on your High Heart radio receiver… your Higher Self is speaking to you through extra sensory perception, psychic intuition, synchronicities, signs, symbols, dreams and insights.

This Pisces New Moon merges with far seeing Neptune and squares the karmic Nodes of Fate in Gemini just as Mercury exits the shadow retrograde zone in futurist Aquarius…

From now on, developing your sensory acuity and honing your channelling instincts is going to be an essential skill for you as an Evolutionary – it will help you to retrieve, decode and disseminate information from the edge of tomorrow.

This Pisces New Moon is revealing the otherness of our lives, the world beneath the world in a process of soul retrieval, powerful new planetary medicine, personal homeopathy, embodiment and psychosynthesis.

What a perfect alignment with the Two of Swords, since it is a common practice to cover the eyes when entering the meditative state of psychic seeking and inner journeying.

Thus, rather than depicting a refusal to see, this may instead be an invitation to see; not outside of ourselves, but within.

What if you were given a “tiny island” of the mind? If you could briefly turn away from the distractions of the world, the conflicting demands on your attention and energy, and instead, go quietly inward, what might you discover?

The Two of Swords may be exactly how we are able to see the “otherness of our lives, the world beneath the world…”

Choosing Without the Mind’s Noise

The Two of Swords can be instructive about how difficult it is to make up our mind about things that have little to do with the mind at all. The mind is a great gift, but it is only one tool for navigating our life’s journey, and on occasion it is the wrong one.

Still, we make our lists of pros and cons. We rationalize, argue, and refuse to listen to our hearts, thinking that somehow this will be smart. But sometimes we can be too smart for our own good.

How often have you been faced with a choice that looks good “on paper,” but in your gut, you know it’s not the right thing at all?

This week, if you find yourself “between a rock and a hard place,” feeling like you need to make a difficult choice you wish you didn’t have to, the Two of Swords offers illumination.

Consider the ways you may be closing your heart because its message is messy, or doesn’t meet the expectations of “should.”  There is a very good chance that non-logical information is precisely what you need, for the most favorable outcome.

Could this be a bit of drama, a scene being played out? What is actually going on “backstage?” Is there truly some danger that makes you think this fierce defense is necessary?

Analysis paralysis often only further muddies the situation. Or perhaps you might decide to drop the whole thing, and let the chips fall where they might. What would happen?

The small, quiet, and possibly illogical voice you are hearing is likely to be your own Wisdom calling you. If you are tired of clutching them, put down your swords, look within, and awaken.

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  • March 8, 2021, 5:29 pm Dana

    What a beautiful synthesization of energies with a little magic of Beth.

  • March 9, 2021, 8:06 am nofixedstars

    ooooh, i really like the idea of this card representing a “going within” to make a choice. i had thought of it as an impossible (or at least a wrenchingly difficult) choice, where either way one chooses is going to cause harm. but perhaps it is more that she has already made her assessment of pros and cons intellectually, recognised that the intellectual process hasn’t enabled her to see a clear choice, and now has entered a meditative, intuitive state in order to decide that way. hence the blindfold and crossed swords represent not just an impasse, but the way through one. one of those swords may weigh heavier on heart and arms, and with eyes (mental chatter) closed, she can feel which sword to set aside.

    thanks for a new insight!

  • March 9, 2021, 1:53 pm Reverend Donna M. Swindells

    Your Tarot card is spot on for this time. Thank you for your sage advise.
    Blessings of the upcoming Dark Moon,
    Reverend Donna M. Swindells

  • March 10, 2021, 9:13 am Beth

    Thanks to the three of you for your comments. I so appreciate your feedback and additional insight and experience, especially for this pivotal time.

    Yes, I have often focused on the interpretation that this may represent a difficult choice, but as with all of the Tarot, there is so much more nuance, and it felt very clearly to me, especially in the “pausing” messages of our last 2 weeks, here at the tail end of the season and now the dead Moon, inner listening is very much a key to choosing well.

    Again, thank you for your conversation and “luminous sparks.”